Shelby -N.C. Department of Transportation crews continue making progress clearing roads in Asheville and the surrounding counties, with most interstates, primary and secondary roads in the region expected to be cleared by tonight.
Interstates are clear throughout Division 13, which includesBuncombe, Burke, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Rutherford and Yancey counties. Primary roads in the division are mostly clear with possible icy patches in some areas.Division 13 crews will work today to continue clearing secondary routes, including secondary non-paved roads.
Crews are optimistic that sunshine today throughout most of the division will be beneficial to their snow and ice removal efforts. Motorists are always encouraged to be on the alert for black ice, especially since below-freezing temperatures tonight could cause any remaining water on the roadway to freeze.
Here are some more tips to help keep motorists safe when traveling through areas affected by winter weather:
Bridges and overpasses freeze first;
Put down the cell phone and focus on the road;
Use only gentle pressure on both the accelerator and the brakes to avoid skidding;
Give other motorists plenty of room in case you or other drivers begin to slide; and
Be on the lookout for NCDOT vehicles and increase your following distance behind those vehicles to give them ample travel room.
For real-time travel information at any time, call 511, visitwww.ncdot.gov/travelor follow NCDOT on Twitter at www.ncdot.gov/travel/twitter. Another option is NCDOT Mobile, a phone-friendly version of the NCDOT website. To access it, type "m.ncdot.gov" into the browser of your smartphone.
You can also get emergency information from the N.C. Department of Public Safety at http://readync.org, and download the ReadyNC app to help you prepare for everything from road conditions to severe storms on a daily basis. It is available for free in the AppStore for iPhones and Google Play for Android devices.
Travelers are asked NOT to call 911 or the State Highway Patrol for road conditions. The lines must remain clear for emergency calls.